[Sca-cooks] 2008 Newbery Award--book on Medieval Village life

Sharon Gordon gordonse at one.net
Tue Jan 15 19:05:34 PST 2008

This sounds as though it might be just the book for young bards.  The author is a librarian in Maryland.  If anyone already has the book, what cooking, food, and agriculture related sections are there?


The 2008 Newbery Medal winner is Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz , published by Candlewick.

In "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village," thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor; from Hugo, the lord's nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler. Schlitz's elegant monologues and dialogues draw back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.

"Schlitz adds a new dimension to books for young readers - performance," said Committee Chair Nina Lindsay. "Varied poetic forms and styles offer humor, pathos and true insight into the human condition. Each entry is superb in itself, and together the pieces create a pageant that transports readers to a different time and place."

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